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Bluegrass with the ukulele gang
#3033325 03/14/20 07:12 PM
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I may have posted before that I started learning the ukelele. At one point I took some group lessons, and once those ended I figured that was it. But I sent a message on the group's whatsapp and that spurred a get-together.

After a handful of those I decided we could do with one less uke, in favor of an electric upright. So I've been playing that ever since. Mostly, we'd get together once a month and run through some songs someone printed out.

Lately, some roles have been developing. Some of the ladies picked lead vocals, one of the members has started fingerpicking (and became damn proficient REAL quick) and the other gentleman has started playing more lead / melodies.

In other words... There's a group sound slowly emerging! I find myself remembering what lines I played in certain songs, as opposed to rooting and improvising my way through them every time. The picker has started suggesting (in her limited musical vocabulary kind of way) that we work out some fixed arrangements and really work on the songs.

There's no drums, so all this has a bit of a bluegrass vibe to it. I remember dreading the very first get together, but now I look forward to those monthly gatherings. At 39 I think I am the youngest (with one possible exception) but truthfully, it's more fun than my cover/originals band which is nearing its end.

Thing is, I really want to play uke in a band setting, too smile Guess I need to find a bunch of bassists, so I can join on the uke... grin


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That sounds super fun!!!!
I'd be all-in for that too.

Currently I am uke-less. I was in a music store a few weeks ago and there was an 8 string acoustic electric tenor uke that I LOVED.
So, I ran away quickly to avoid racking up the credit card!

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EddiePlaysBass #3033510 03/15/20 08:26 PM
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Re: Bluegrass with the ukulele gang
EddiePlaysBass #3033513 03/15/20 08:36 PM
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Sat in with the duo that forms the core of my current band last weekend, using one of these. Can't say it was my a favorite, but it was fun.

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EddiePlaysBass #3041714 05/02/20 03:07 PM
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@jcadmus, what is that thing?

It's funny, I never actually practice on the upright, I just wing it and get by fine with this crew. But I think after the Covid lockdown I will incorporate upright into my schedule.

Right now, I am having tons of fun playing the uke. Bought a book with uke arrangements of Beatles songs from one Fred Sokolow, and it's turning into one helluva ride!


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EddiePlaysBass #3042802 05/09/20 11:29 AM
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Ukes are fun instruments to play and own.

I have two

Keep looking and playing a Ubass but cannot decide, I particularly enjoyed playing a fretless Ubass, but one day.

We have a group of us Ukuists (if there is such a term) who meet up once a month but we are currently using Zoom.

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EddiePlaysBass #3043196 05/11/20 07:12 PM
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Originally Posted by EddiePlaysBass
@jcadmus, what is that thing?
It's called a Timber Bass from a company called Magic Fluke. Six hundred bucks -- kind of spendy, IMO.

https://www.magicfluke.com/Electric-Bass-p/timber-bass.htm


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